The Journey: Symbolism of “a Worn Path” and “the Road Not Taken” Final

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The Journey: Symbolism of “A Worn Path” and “The Road Not Taken” Expedition. Voyage. Excursion. Pilgrimage. There are many words that are used to describe the word journey but what does it really mean? Many people consider the word journey as merely a distance in which they have traveled or will eventually travel; often they fail to recognize that there can be great meaning beyond each step that is taken. Too often, people become more focused on the destination rather than the process that it takes to get them there. While focusing on destination people neglect to recognize the value of whole process that gets them there. A journey can bring forth exhilaration and excitement as well as agony and anguish. A journey always has …show more content…
The issue of race is also seen here in the text, “He gave another laugh, filling the whole landscape. “I know you old colored people! Wouldn’t miss going to town to see Santa Claus!”(Clugston, 2010). In contrast, “The Road Not Taken” is about a journey and choice and decision on what or which way to go in life and also the unknown. This poem is about the decision and the direction of life and where it might take you. The poem opens with “And both that morning equally lay, in leaves no step had trodden” (Clugston, 2010). As obvious by their titles, we grasp that the aforementioned short story and poem will indeed take us on a reading journey, in reading there is always a story to be found within the words that are written, whether it is in the form of a short story or a poem. “Reading creates imaginary experiences. It connects you to new experiences that become meaningful when you allow them to influence your thoughts and feelings” (Clugston, 2010). As a reader of both the short story and the poem my perception about the events in each literary work was changed by the symbolism surrounding the characters and the encounters that are presented. Also in reading these two pieces of literature I was really impressed with both of the authors’ abilities to capture the imagination of the reader through

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